NARBC Arlington Recap
Another NARBC has passed in Texas. It was an excellent show from great promoters. USARK appreciates all that Bob Ashley, Brian Potter and the NARBC Crew do for the herp community.
Our booth was packed with visitors. This was due in large part to the reptile mascots including Stink the Skink (Blue-tongued), Ki (Macklot's python) and a few Nicaraguan boas (see photo at bottom of a T+ Nic). These reptiles bring a crowd, allowing us to educate attendees about USARK and the reptiles themselves. Even at reptile shows, there are some people with a fear of snakes which can be resolved through proper interaction and education. We also answer husbandry and suitable pet species questions.
Zoo Med held a silent auction in their booth on Sunday for a very nice tropical, planted terrarium set-up. This donation brought $425 to benefit USARK. We certainly appreciate all that Zoo Med does, not just for USARK, but for the entire herp community from education to conservation.
The Saturday night auction set a record for Texas. Over $16,000 was raised to benefit USARK thanks to the generosity of all the vendors who donated. Thank you to all donors and auction attendees. Below is a list of those who made the auction possible.
We must also say thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the booth, collected auction donations, set up the auction, and more. This is a team effort and is not possible without them.
Volunteers: Chris, Gillian, Dan, Chad, Russ, Kristin, Nanette, Caleb, Sabrina, Kelly, Kim, Logan, Dr. Cord Offerman, Greyson Offerman
NARBC Arlington Auction Donors
$2,000+: Bob Clark, Timberline, Exotics by Nature, Rodent Pro, Constrictors Unlimited
$1,000+: Zoo Med
$500+: C Serpents Racks, Exo-Terra, Reptiles by Mack, Bailey & Bailey Reptiles, Python in a Pear Tree, NoCo Reptiles, Gourmet Rodent, Reptile Emporium & RE Acrylic Displays, Mark Petros
$250+: ECO Wear & Publishing, DNA Reptiles, JMG Cages, Renick Reptiles, Southern Star Breeders, Southern Star Reptiles, Goss Reptiles, The Living Palace, Brizzee Reptiles
$100+: AcrylicReptileCages.com, Ari Flagle, Russ Gurley, Stamps Tarantulas, Sunland Breeders, Lone Star Reptile Expo (Otis), Royal Flush, S & S Exotics, Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show H.E.R.PS., Austin Reptile Connection, For Heaven's Snakes, TXARK, Josh Baity, Susan Clark
Other Donations: Gorgeous Geckos, Living Legends, Jason Toy, Reptile Tubs, Alpha Geckos, Black Water Exotics, Carolina Designer Dragons, Lynn
If we missed anyone, please let us know.
OKC Elite Reptile Show Rocks!
New York AB 4786
New York Assembly Bill 4786 has been introduced and assigned to the Agriculture Committee. This bill changes language to a current law. Rather than a misdemeanor for owning a "wild animal" that may be allowed to harm a human, it will now be a Class E felony for, "owning, possessing or harboring a wild animal."
See the list of species which are already prohibited and the current law regarding their ownership in New York at the following link: www.usark.org/2015-legislation/2015-new-york-ab-4786/.
Win a trip to IHS!
Win 1 of 3 FREE Trips to International Herpetological Symposium (IHS) in San Antonio! Entry deadline is March 15. IHS is proud to announce the first JUNIOR HERPETOLOGIST AWARD PROGRAM!
All expenses paid trip to IHS in San Antonio, including a parent for those under 18 years old.
3 winners! And open to ages 12-22 (birthday as of time of IHS).
This includes travel, admission to all presentations, the banquet, and an insider's trip to the San Antonio Zoo!
Wonderful opportunity and an easy application process. Just a little bit of effort could produce an awesome reward!
All details can be found at www.thereptilereport.com/win-a-free-trip-to-ihs-in-san-antonio-2/.
For the first time, SnakeDays will be offering a Student Research Grant, which we plan to offer
yearly going forward. For those not aware of the event, SnakeDays is an educational gathering held in Sanderson, TX every summer which focuses on the herpetofauna of west Texas and the importance of contributions made by citizen science. In addition to a day of lectures, we have a fundraiser which, to date, has raised over $25,000 that has gone directly to herp conservation and research.
For more information on the grant, click here: http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SnakeDays-Student-Research-Grant-2015-PDF.pdf
All Ohio Reptile Show: Feb. 14 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.
Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: February 15 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.
Repticon: Feb 21-22 in Southaven, MS. Show details at www.repticon.com
Midwest Reptile Show: March 1 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.
Cin City Reptile Show: March 8 in Mason, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.
Cold Blooded Expo: March 8 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/
NARBC: March 14-15 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com/Tinley/tinley_park.html
Long Island Reptile Expo: March 15 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm
Lone Star Reptile Expo: March 20-21 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos
PACNWRS - Pacific Northwest Reptile & Exotic Animal Show: March 28-29 in Hillsboro, OR. Show details at www.pacnwrs.com
Kentucky Reptile Expo: March 28 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com/.
New England Reptile Expo: March 29 in Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.
Texas Rattlesnake Festival: April 11-12 in Round Rock, TX. Details at www.texasrattlesnakefestival.com
Cold Blooded Expo: April 12 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.
New York Metro Reptile Show: April 19 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm
OKC Elite Reptile Show: May 9-10 in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at www.okcelitereptileshow.com
International Herpetological Symposium: May 27-30 in San Antonio, TX. Details at www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com
Snake Days: June 12-14 in Sanderson, TX. This is a lecture/field herping event. Details and more at www.snakedays.com
New York Metro Reptile Show: July 12 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.
Reptile Super Show: July 18-19 in San Diego, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.
National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 21-23 in Daytona, FL. Details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com
NARBC: August 29-30 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.narbc.com/Arlington/arlington.html
Portland Metro Reptile Expo: August 29 in Portland, OR. Show details at www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo.
H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: October 3-4 in Conroe, TX. Show details at www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.
NARBC: October 10-11 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com/Tinley/tinley_park.html.
OKC Elite Reptile Show: November 7-8 in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at www.okcelitereptileshow.com.